In round one at the World Golf Championships — Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods shot an impressive 66 four-under-par. Round two, however, was a different story. Tiger nearly had the best round of golf of his illustrious career. He finished nine-under-par on the day with a 61. If he finished at 10 under, it would have been only the 28th time in PGA tour history and a career best for Woods. He has shot 61 three times in his career and has now tied the course record at Firestone for the second time in his career.
Woods had a chance to shoot as low as 59. He finished the 13th hole with four consecutive birdies and was nine-under, but five straight pars kept him at bay and only tied for his best performance. On the 18th hole, Woods sunk a long putt to secure the 61.
Seven birdies, 10 pars, one eagle and no bogies was Woods’ recipe for success in round two. Woods is no stranger to the Akron, Ohio course, having won seven titles and 10 total top-10 finishes there. Woods finished strong on Thursday in round one, finishing the day in third place, but with his day two performance — the tournament might be over halfway through. Barring a meltdown by Woods, or a similar unbelievable round of golf by someone else, the 37-year-old will pick up his fifth victory of the season and add onto his leading 2013 earnings.
Webb Simpson of the United States finished day one in first place with a six-under-par; in round two, he finished four-over-par. Chris Wood, a 25-year-old 214th-ranked golfer from England is behind Woods with a seven-under-par performance through the first two rounds. Keegan Bradley and Bill Haas of the U.S. and Henrik Stenson of Sweden round out the top five.